Cleveland Watkiss' Great Jamaican Songbook
6th January 2024
These songs from Jamaica tell poignant stories about the times and the culture, with a deep and infectious sound from mento to ska, reggae to jungle.
£35 – £50
CLEVELAND WATKISS – vocalsORPHY ROBINSON, PHIL RAMOCON – keysJAMES WADE-SIRED – tromboneJEAN TOUSSAINT – tenor saxALLAN WEEKES – guitarDELROY MURRAY – bassCARL ROBINSON – drums
Jamaica has internationally celebrated musicians spawning from that great musical institution (The Alpha Boys School) under the tutelage of Sister Mary Ignatius Davis. Record labels and producers like Studio One, Coxsone Dodd, TuffGong, Lee 'Scratch' Perry, and King Tubby were all highly Influential in the development of Jamaican Music along with musicians and performers like Don Drummond, Ernest Ranglin, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs and many many others.
Vocalist Cleveland Watkiss was also one of the co-founders of the Jazz Warriors big band. Cleveland was then entered for the Wire/Guardian Jazz Awards and was voted best vocalist for three consecutive years. John Fordham, the Guardian music journalist accurately describes him as "arriving on the scene with a bang". He has performed with artists including Wynton Marsalis, Bob Dylan, Jackie Mittoo, Keith Richards, Art Blakey, Sly & Robbie, Abdullah Ibrahim, Stevie Wonder, Nigel Kennedy and many more.
Cleveland was awarded an MBE in the 2018 New Year Honours for his services to music.